This week Punjab: Sadda Haq goes viral

Banned on the eve of its release on April 5 by the Punjab government for the sake of “communal harmony”,Sadda Haq has gone viral on YouTube

Written by Sukhdeep Kaur | Published: April 11, 2013 3:04 am

Sadda Haq goes viral

Banned on the eve of its release on April 5 by the Punjab government for the sake of “communal harmony”,Sadda Haq has gone viral on YouTube. It is based on militancy era in Punjab. A team of officers led by the chief secretary found some of its dialogues,scenes and a song objectionable. The filmmakers,who earlier said they would move court against the ban,have now written to the Akal Takht to get the ban revoked. Incidentally,it was the SGPC that had helped the controversial film get the green signal from the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal after the censor board had refused to release it.

Sun,sand and Sukhbir

In high spirits since the SAD-BJP’s poll victory,Sukhbir Badal has rewarded ministers and MLAs with a “vichar sammelan” on Goa’s beaches. Nearly 120 leaders have stayed four days at luxury hotels Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village resort at Candolim beach. The official line is that the conclave is taking stock of the government’s performance and formulating a strategy for the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress sees it as Sukhbir’s way of rewarding “jathedars who win him elections by any means”. PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa said,“Sukhbir is indeed giving the party a new look. The long-bearded jathedars are wearing bermudas and frolicking on the beaches of Goa.”

After the assault

The CRPF is struggling to provide security to the family of a young woman assaulted in public by policemen in Tarn Taran. The CRPF has told the high court,which had ordered such security,that it is difficult to “restrict the movements” of the 23-year-old and her family as this would deny them their livelihood. The woman works as a domestic help,her father as a band master at weddings,and a cousin as a sweeper at the market. The court has asked the petitioner (the woman’s counsel) to respond. The CRPF has asked its officers to provide two light vehicles to the victim’s family,“who have no conveyance”.

Call to cap free power

A committee tasked with drafting a new agricultural policy has said free power to farmers needs to be curtailed. “The groundwater in Punjab is over-exploited,largely due to free electricity supply. Given the alarming rate of decline in the water table,power supply should be metered and farmers should be charged beyond a certain level of free supply,” states the draft policy,submitted to the chief minister. The free power bill of Punjab crossed Rs 5,300 crore last year and 103 of its 137 blocks are classified as over-exploited. The panel has recommended GM crops as the future of agriculture and asked the government to intensify research on this technology.

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